You have more than likely already heard a great deal about the benefits of organic food items. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. These items are packaged in a different manner, and they typically cost much more. You can cut the store out of the equation and save a lot of money by planting your own patch of organic vegetables in the back yard!
Your children will enjoy being involved with your organic gardening endeavors. Gardening helps your children learn about biological processes and serves as a social activity that helps the family grow closer while eating healthier.
Gardeners who are intrigued by the ideas of organic and sustainable methods should think about designating a portion of their landscape to support native plants and animals. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.
It’s simple to quickly prepare your soil for the planting of a perennial garden. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary. To prepare the garden, slice out sheets of turf using the spade, and flip the turf upside down. Then, cover the newly turned soil with wood chips, approximately three inches deep. Allow the newly turned soil to sit for two weeks, then plant your perennials.
Pine makes a much better mulch than you might think. Acidic soil is a favorite of garden plants that are high in acidity. If you have these plants in your garden, keep them healthy by using pine needles as mulch. Cover up your beds with a few inches of needles. As they start to decompose, they’ll spread out acid onto the ground and soil.
If you have problem slugs in your organic garden, get rid of them naturally with a beer trap. Dig a hole just deep enough for a glass jar to be placed in it while the jar still has its rim in line with the surface of the ground. Next, fill the jar with beer until there is only one inch left below the mouth of the jar. Beer attracts slugs and then they’ll get stuck in the jar.
Construct raised flower beds of brick, stone, or wood. When selecting wood, make certain you pick untreated products that have a natural resistance to rot. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Consider the chemicals that will leach out of the wood before choosing anything that has been treated. Remember the affect that such chemicals will have on your plants and soil. Treated wood can be lined with plastic to create a barrier.
Adding a lot of mulch to your garden is a great tip to implement in order to keep your garden healthy. The mulch will protect the soil underneath it. On hot, dry days, mulch keeps the dirt underneath cool and moist. This protects and nourishes plant roots. This will ensure your soil stays moist by reducing the time in which it evaporates. As an added bonus, weed growth will be stunted.
Adding too much water could be harmful to the plants, because excess water will hinder the roots ability to get the nutrients they need from the soil. Before watering your plants outdoors, check to see if there is rain in the forecast. After reviewing the weather forecast, you can decide whether or not to spend the time and resources watering the garden.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.